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26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« on: 06/28/11, 03:19 PM »

Dan Helmstadter, Pete Hirst and I teamed up to climb Ptarmigan Ridge, skeptical but hopeful the left-hand variation would go as a ski. After we got a closer look, we decided to forge a "skier's route", up a perhaps-new route variation that traverses left before the traditional fork in the route, gaining the Liberty Cap Glacier above its ice cliff, and then merging with the Ptarmigan Ice Cliff route.† Skiers like it easy.

Here's what the mountain looked like as we neared our bivy (after a strenuous approach from the gated park entry):


And here are a couple pics from our climb and ski:


Pete high on the route, above an icy section; Carbon Gl visible below:


The final ski down to the N Mowich Glacier:


Very pleased it came together, been wanting to climb and ski this for some time now--and got a demanding and rewarding trip with solid partners.

Sorry for the paucity of ski pics; we were intent on getting down expediently.  I posted more pics here:
http://skisickness.com/post/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=252
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #1 on: 06/28/11, 03:43 PM »

Awesome -- that second pic is something else.  Bottomless crack covered by a broken slab?  Funky stuff, thanks for posting it.
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #2 on: 06/28/11, 03:46 PM »

Oh wow! †Awesome stuff, Eric, Pete, and Dan.† Looks scary.† Glad you guys scored a long-sought prize on the Big Tahoma. †And great that you didn't need to implement "Plan B" or "Plan F" (Dan knows what those are Grin ).

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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #3 on: 06/28/11, 05:11 PM »

Surely one of the season's most notable descents in the contiguous US. Bravo, gents!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #4 on: 06/28/11, 05:51 PM »

Nicely done Eric and crew....wow!!!!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #5 on: 06/28/11, 06:02 PM »

Holy smokes, well done guys!!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #6 on: 06/28/11, 07:18 PM »

That's a beautiful ski line.† I've daydreamed abouy making turns down the tongue of the Liberty Ice Cap Glacier (but, of course, lack the skill and determination).† Good job!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #7 on: 06/28/11, 11:02 PM »

Outstanding!  Make sure you let Lowell know for history's sake as i agree with Drew, it's one of the more notable ski descents of the season...super congrads you three...way to nail the conditions and weather.
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #8 on: 06/29/11, 01:31 AM »

Bravo gents.  Very inspiring!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #9 on: 06/29/11, 02:29 AM »

Beautiful!! Awesome ski guys
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #10 on: 06/29/11, 07:49 AM »

Massive - diddo on Drew and Roj's comments - impressive, memorable, historical!  You guys rock!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #11 on: 06/29/11, 08:13 AM »

Make sure you let Lowell know for history's sake as i agree with Drew, it's one of the more notable ski descents of the season...

Not to worry...I got it!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #12 on: 06/29/11, 10:27 AM »

speechless .. in awe .. outstanding accomplishment .. beautiful pix too
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #13 on: 06/29/11, 12:27 PM »

nice one y'all!

I always enjoy your visual documentations too Eric - good eye.
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #14 on: 06/29/11, 03:46 PM »

Stunning gentlemen & congratulations!  Your skill, strength, & will are impressive.  Not that we didnít know that already!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #15 on: 06/30/11, 08:07 PM »

Wild line.That traverse looks scary.Photos I'm sure don't even do justice on the steepness.
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #16 on: 07/01/11, 08:16 AM »

Wow! That's some pro level stuff right there. Impressive.
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #17 on: 07/01/11, 12:01 PM »

Impressive, congrats!
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Re: 26 Jun 2011, Mt Rainier, Ptarmigan Ridge
« Reply #18 on: 07/29/11, 06:58 PM »

You guys sure do piss me off
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